Top5 global Box Office worldwide (2007) Worldwideboxoffice.com
- Pirates of the Caribbean III (USA) $958.4M
- Harry Potter V (UK/USA) $937M
- Spider-Man III (USA) $885.4M
- Shrek III (USA) $791.4M
- Transformers (USA) $701.1M
This is only the very top of the Box Office in each country (a selective list of countries chosen by Cahiers), so we are really looking at what each audience watch the most, the best seller movies that the largest majority of movie goers want to see. The top 5 ranks don't account for the actual diversity of the viewers consumption, but it tells us which titles draw the widest enthusiasm.
If they are domestic films it shows the local industry is in touch with the mainstream taste of their population. But if we find foreign films in the top5, it means that the (majority of the) audience is open to outsiders, to a culture that doesn't necessarily reflect their own culture and language. If there are only foreign films stealing all the slots in the top5, it means either the local industry is very weak (unable to produce mainstream/commercial movies with a wide appeal), or that the number of domestic films produced is too small to compete with the large number of commercial imports. It's interesting to compare the composition of this top5 with the share of the domestic market in each country.
The only blockbuster worldwide distributed that is not strictly Hollywood, Harry Potter V, is actually a UK/USA co-production (I'm not sure if this super production can be considered a non-Hollywood movie).
The only two non-American blockbusters making a top5 outside of their country of origin are Lissi und der wilde Kaiser (a German movie in Austria) and Mr Bean II (a British movie in Portugal).
11 markets rank Hollywood-only blockbusters in their top5 (Canada, Quebec, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Malaysia, Australia, France, UK, Germany, Belgium). The 18 markets from this list that do not rank an all-5 Hollywood movies are :
- domestic films 5/5 (India, Iran)
- domestic films 4/5 (Turkey)
- domestic films 3/5 (Morocco, Serbia)
- domestic films 2/5 (China, Korea, Italy, Russia)
- domestic film 1/5 (Japan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Sweden, Estonia, Spain, Switzerland, Romania, Israel)
- Germany : 77.2% (2005)
- Spain : 71.2% (2006)
- UK : 63.1% (2005)
- Italy : 61.9% (2006)
- European Union (average) : 60% (2005)
- France : 30% (2006)
|USA (Domestic 95+%)|
BRAZIL (Domestic 11.7%)
INDIA (Domestic 92%)
MOROCCO (Domestic 13.6%)
|FRANCE (Domestic 36.5%)|
IRAN (Domestic 99.4%)
source for the top5's worldwide : Hors Série Cahiers du cinéma Atlas 2008